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UWI smash six past Compton


NICHOLAS MAITLAND

UWI smash six past Compton

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Mario Harte’s hat-trick for the University of the West Indies (UWI) Blackbirds propelled them to a 6-0 win over Home Improvement Compton, their biggest margin of victory in this season’s Barbados Football Association’s Premier League.

Hadan “Fatty” Holligan kicked off the hat-trick attitude in Sunday’s opening encounter at the Wildey AstroTurf, with his own triple strike in Neighbourhood Care Pharmacy Weymouth Wales’ 6-1 dismantling of Abrahams United Silver Sands before Paradise reversed their early season defeat to Brittons Hill United, registering a comfortable 3-0 win.

Holligan scored the first of six in the sixth minute with a simple finish past Silver Sands’ returning goalkeeper Jamal Moore. Less than fifteen minutes later, Arantees Lawrence converted expertly after Jamar Walters’ long pass found him unmarked in the penalty area.

Romario Harewood put his side three goals up in the 27th with a vicious long range drive too hot for the goalkeeper to even think about getting a glove on it.

Holligan doubled his tally ten minutes after the resumption of the second half with a spectacular volley after Harewood’s shot from the left flank was initially saved by Silver Sands’ beleaguered custodian.

Holligan brought up his hat trick and his eighth goal of the season with an ice-cool finish in the 78th minute before Harewood ensured in the 89th that for the second time this season Wales put six past Silver Sands.

As if they were reading the script of the reverse fixture between the two, Silver Sands again scored a consolation right at the end, the diminutive Donte McClean burying his bicycle kick beyond the desperate lunge of the goalkeeper to ruin the champions’ hopes of a clean sheet.

UWI Blackbirds mauling of Compton in a redemptive display after a drab 1-1 draw earlier in the season.

Damien Harrison put UWI ahead in the 21st minute, applying the finishing touches to Jamario Worrell’s searching cross. Shamari Mark’s persistence on the right flank set up captain Harte for his first in the 37th minute as UWI took a commanding lead into the break.

Not long after the restart in the 50th minute, the UWI star forward, in typical Harte fashion, shrugged off the challenges of two defenders to slot home with his left boot.

His strike partner Jamario Worrell also got on the scoresheet following a superb defence-splitting pass from substitute Corey Barrow allowing Worrell time and space to bury a fantastic fourth.

After Shamari Mark was brought down in the box by Stepane Longeville, Harte was presented with the chance to score his first hat-trick of the season and he duly obliged, sending the keeper the wrong way in the process.

New boy Romario Watson scored his first goal for the Blackbirds in second half stoppage time to put the cherry on top of a fine Sunday for UWI.

The tables were turned in the nightcap encounter between Paradise and Brittons Hill.

Earlier in the season, Brittons Hill inflicted Paradise’s first defeat of the season with a 3-0 smashing, but the Dover boys would have the last laugh in the end.

Chai Lloyd’s looping header in the 26th minute from Armando Lashley’s free kick set Paradise on their way.  Lashley himself doubled the lead in the 50th minute with a drive from distance which trickled into the net after keeper Shaquille Frank’s initial parry.

Man Of The Match Lloyd buried his second header in the 82nd minute to restore Paradise’s pride and leapfrog Brittons Hill in the Zone 1 standings. (NM)

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